Regional Schools venue confirme

The regional schools (U14, U16 and U19) venue has been confirmed as Marlborough College and will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017.

Please keep in touch with your county contacts for more information about this competition.

wedNEWSday: Haytor Hearts finalist in Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016

It is that time of the week again and this wedNEWSday story features some potential award winners from Devon! Check back next week for another good news story from across the SW!

Haytor Hearts finalist in Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016

Haytor Hearts Netball Club have been announced as one of three shortlisted finalists in the prestigious Teignbridge Sports Personality Awards 2016, for the ‘Club of the Year’ category.

The Award, sponsored by Bayside Graphics, is in recognition of a club who has achieved success within their sport from September 2015 to September 2016. Finalists have been selected based upon their success in both performance and/or community sport development.

Haytor Hearts is in the running for the Award along side Newton Abbot Somersaults Gymnastics Club
and Teignmouth Beach Lifesaving Club. An Awards evening will take place at the Langstone Cliff Hotel on Friday 2nd December, where category winners will be announced.

Over the past year the Haytor Hearts has welcomed over 40 people from the area back to netball. They came 4th in their pool at their first Regional Back to Netball Tournament in January 2016, and were Runners-Up in the first Local Back to Netball Summer League 2016 playing teams across Teignbridge and Torbay. As well as fundraising for the newly resurfaced courts, the club has also raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK this year by taking part as a team in the charity’s Race for Life 5k Mud Run in July.

Haytor Hearts Netball Club was set up in August 2015 by two local ladies Carla Faulkner and Georgie Hart, at a rural court in Ilsington, on Dartmoor.

“Many of our players are returners to sport, and our club has provided them with the local means to take part. We have had fantastic feedback from the local community, who are very supportive of our club and the positive impact it is having on the community,” said Carla Faulkner.

Haytor Hearts train at the Ilsington Playing Fields newly refurbished courts during term time on Tuesday evenings from 6:45pm. £3 for club members, £4.50 for non-club members. Sessions are run by local coach and fitness trainer, Kate Bairstow. The first Tuesday of the month is always a mixed session. If you are interested in finding out more about the club, contact Carla Faulkner on 07915390250, or pop along to a Tuesday evening session.


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wedNEWSday: New Dorset League is in full swing!

Our wedNEWSday story this week comes from Dorset. Make sure to keep your eye out for more good news stories from across the SW each wedNEWSday!

New Dorset League is in full swing!

A brand new Higher Education/ Further Education league started last month in Dorset.  Nine teams from across the county are taking part including a mixture of sixth forms, Colleges and Universities (non BUCS teams).  The League is open to all and a one-off tournament is happening today in the county brining all the teams together.  A huge thank you to Sam Brown at Bournemouth and Poole College for establishing the league – long may it continue.

HE pic 1 HE pic 2

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Tribute to Devon Netball Volunteer – Wendy Thorpe

Devon netball is paying tribute to it’s former Secretary, umpire and player Wendy Thorpe who has died after a determined and courageous battle with cancer.

Wendy has been involved in netball originally in Exmouth, then in the Exeter League where she was Secretary for over 15 years. She had a wealth of experience and knowledge and was always willing to help teams and players.  It is because of Wendy’s hard work that the membership has reached over 800 and the league is the huge success that it is today.

When league netball did not give Wendy enough to do, as well as a full time job, she took on the role of East Devon County Netball Secretary and also organised the academies across the County, which are used to develop the most talented young netballers in Devon. She then became Treasurer to the newly formed Exeter Netball Club, Wendy was involved with the club for many years, and was a wonderful ambassador. Efficient was Wendy’s middle name she worked tirelessly and unconditionally for the club, where Wendy learnt to be their scorer in their Regional League matches, which took her all over the South West, trips she loved being part of, and rarely missed a game.

Wendy battled against her cancer for a long time and faced it head on. She dealt with her illness with courage and fortitude. Her fight against her cancer was both humbling and inspirational.

Wendy crammed an extraordinary amount of living into her 59 years and she was never happier than when she was with her grandchildren, or at the side of a netball court.

Netball has lost a much loved and respected friend. Our thoughts are with Wendy’s husband John and all her family.

Rule Clarification for Stoppages

Recently there has been a number of concerns from umpires and players regarding the Stoppage Rule. Please find clarification of this rule below for your information:

If a player asks the umpire for stoppage time due to illness, injury or blood the umpire will hold time. This player MUST leave the court and has 30 seconds to leave the court to receive treatment.  Even if the injury can be dealt with within the 30 seconds, they MUST leave the court. Substitutions and team changes can be made by both teams during this 30 seconds.  If the Primary Carer (First Aider) feels that the injured player requires more time to leave the court, they can appeal to the umpire to extend this time.

During this stoppage, if no substitution is made, the position will remain vacant until the next goal is scored, and after notifying the Umpire, a substitute or the injured player may return to the court, but must fill the vacant position.
Further reading for this rule:  RULE 9.3 STOPPAGES, PAGE 45

wedNEWSday: Netball has bounced back in Devon

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West region as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. This week we have a success story from Devon but keep your eye out for more good news stories from across the SW.

Netball has bounced back in Devon

Newly formed Cranbrook Arrows NC (East Devon), hosted this year’s annual Devon Back to Netball Festival. Eight teams from across the county participated, equating to 72 women all of whom have either recently returned to, or taken up for netball for the first time.

The hosts provided refreshments for both the participants and the spectators and held a raffle on behalf of Cancer Research UK whereby they raised £110.  The overall winners of the Festival were Quayside Birds 2, with Cranbrook Arrows taking second place.

Our thanks to Leisure (East Devon) Outreach Manager, Lottie Edwards, who sponsored the court hire for the Festival, and East Devon County Netball Association for providing both umpires and the trophy.

If you are interested in getting Back to Netball in Devon, please contact Netball Development Officer, Jenny Kelly

Quayside Birds 2Pictured: The winners Quayside Birds 2

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Core Inclusive Club Grants

England Netball is currently looking for clubs to pilot our new Inclusive Netball Strategy.

Known as Core Inclusion Clubs or CIC Clubs, these clubs will lead and pioneer our work as netballs inclusive footprint across England grows.

Core Inclusive Clubs will receive a grant of up to £1000 to assist their club open to the wider community. There are a total of 10 grants available.

There are many benefits to becoming a Core Inclusive Club such as:

  • A personalised plan to grow participation in your club
  • A logo promoting the club as being a Core Inclusive Club to community partners
  • Access to greater pool of volunteers and diverse skill sets
  • A financial grant of up to £1000
  • Participation in training and education sessions provided by England Netball and our partners

To apply to be a Core Inclusive Club, please complete the online form by clicking here.

Supporting and guidance information can be found by clicking here.

Application close on the 15th of November 2016, with selected clubs being announced at the England vs Jamaica match on the 4th of December. If you have any questions or need help please make contact via email to

Back to Netball Festival (North) – Gloucestershire

Netball South West Regional Back to Netball Festival (North)

Date: Sunday 22nd January 2017

Venue: Bentham Country Club, Bentham Lane, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 4UD

Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost: £40 per team if providing your own umpire, £50 per team if you need an umpire to be provided for you

Festival structure: Teams will be pooled according to Back to Netball experience. As this is a festival for returners we ask that no players in the squad have been playing league netball for over six months.

Maximum squad size: 10

Requirements: Please bring your own bibs, balls (match balls will be provided) and umpire (if possible).  If you’re unable to provide an umpire, we can source one for you for an additional charge of £10 per team

Fundraising: On the day we will be raising money for England Netball’s charity, Cancer Research UK. Could we ask that each team brings a raffle prize and some small change please

Insurance: If you are not affiliated to England Netball then we heavily encourage you affiliate via the England Netball Back to Netball affiliation scheme. Benefits of affiliating can be found here: Please be aware that if you are not affiliated to England Netball, you will be competing in the festival at your own risk.

To confirm your place please complete the below registration form and return, along with a cheque for either £40 or £50 (umpire depending) made payable to Netball South West, to Rachel Bussey (EN Regional Development Officer, Active Glos, City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester GL1 4DF) by Friday 6th January 2017.

B2N Festival registration form 2017